Singapore researchers find healthy diet during pregnancy

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Singapore researchers find healthy diet during pregnancy

Local researchers found that adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes during pregnancy, even if she has a history of gestational diabetes in her family.

As part of a study whose results were published on Thursday Sep 22 by the National University of Singapore, researchers from the National University of Singapore observed 4,275 women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus GDM, all of which are part of a white cohort in the United States that has been followed since 1989.

Over a follow-up period of 28 years, 924 women had developed type 2 diabetes.

A normal body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9, regular exercise, abstinence from smoking and moderate alcohol consumption are some of the factors that are linked to a relationship between a normal body mass index of type 2 diabetes and a high-quality diet.

They found that those who had optimum levels of the elements above had their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 90 per cent.

Even among women who were genetically predisposed to developing diabetes and overweight, the risk was reduced when effort was put into controlling other risk factors, such as diet and exercise.